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53010 KES ($348 USD)
access_time 14 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I want to grow financially. I want to start a grocery shop and a household items shop. This will help me make profits and use them to help my husband in catering for our family needs and even be able to at least support my child who just completed primary school education and will be joining secondary school next year with personal needs.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Everything was crystal clear and well understood. I don't think you need to do it differently
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
From the money I received, I used $80 to pay off school fees balances for my four children who are in primary school. One of the four Children was in Class 8 and needed to stay in school to attend classes and prepare for the primary school final examinations. Seeing my child concentrating with school and not worried about missing classes was a relief for both of us. I utilized $350 of the transfer to buy buliding materials and labour to finish the construction of my house, which had been delayed for some time. I was relieved to see the house progressing because I would have needed more years to complete it alone. The house is not finished yet, but from where I am now, I am grateful and full of optimism that I can finish it with whatever little money I manage to generate via my hustles. The remainder was spent on food and home supplies for my family
55000 KES ($373 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
As the clock struck 3 in the warm afternoon sun, I had just returned from the shop and was settling into a moment of respite when the notification chimed on my phone. My heart raced as I read the message confirming the arrival of my first unconditional cash transfer from GiveDirectly. A surge of happiness washed over me, and tears welled up in my eyes, for I knew this meant I could finally complete the construction of my permanent house. It was a dream I had nurtured for so long, and in that instant, it felt within reach, filling me with profound gratitude and an overwhelming sense of hope for the future.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Receiving unconditional cash transfers from GiveDirectly has brought about the most significant change in my life. The ability to pay for my children's education has been the greatest blessing, as I've always yearned to see all my kids prosper through schooling, a privilege I never had. Witnessing them go to school every morning fills me with hope and courage as a mother. I firmly believe that they are on the path to a brighter future, one that will break the cycle of poverty that has plagued our household for generations. The challenges they used to face, including sporadic attendance and missed exams, are now becoming a thing of the past, and I am filled with gratitude for the opportunities that unconditional cash transfers have brought to our family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent a significant portion of the recent unconditional cash transfer, about $200, on building materials—cement, bricks, and sand—to finally complete the construction of my house. This project held immense importance for me, as I had been stuck in a half-finished structure for quite some time. Upgrading to a proper house was a dream come true, especially given the cramped conditions of our previous home, which could barely accommodate my family of six. The feeling of accomplishment as the walls went up and the roof was put in place was indescribable; it was not just a house, but a symbol of progress and stability for my family. Additionally, I used $100 to purchase a new mattress for my five children. The old ones had worn out, and they were often uncomfortable and in pain. It warms my heart to know that they now have a comfortable place to sleep. With the remaining funds, I was able to pay the school fees for all my children, who are in lower grades. I work as a substantial farmer, and my spouse earns around $10 as a casual laborer. Balancing our limited income to meet all our needs has always been a challenge, and paying their school fees on time has been the most significant hurdle. Seeing them off to school for the rest of the year with their fees settled brings me immense relief and joy.
access_time 5 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
Goat rearing is what comes to my mind when I think about investment. This is because we have a vast of unused land. This makes me feel having livestock will mean utilizing our land better. In addition, since I have ample time at home, I will be able to take care of them so well. To start with, I intend to buy 10 goats which will cost me $300. This will support my family in case any need arises. On the other hand, we have a house that my husband constructed using his savings three years ago but it's still at the superstructure level. My plan is also to spend the remaining amount to ensure this house is roofed. Once this is done, I will have enough space and also it will provide me with the privacy that I have missed for long. Hence, this is basically what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
As a housewife, spending my time farming makes me feel like accomplishing my responsibility as a mother. Since I do not have a job, I feel spending my time on the farm will make my husband feel my support. This season, I managed to till 2-acre piece of land which is now full of green maize that will support us for the next 4 months. To me, I feel so happy because my husband will not spend his monthly income on food. He will be able to save for the future. Hence, this is basically what has been giving me joy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
In the olden days, being a housewife was not a problem because there was plenty of food since farming was reliable. This is not the same case at the moment because life has become tougher for me and depending on my husband poses a big burden on him. Although his monthly income is $300, this is not enough to fully support us because I do not have a job to supplement this. This means, his earning largely goes to settling our bills; school fees, and food. The lack of a job makes me feel so uncomfortable as a mother because I drain my husband so much, such that he can't save for our future. Hence, I consider the lack of a reliable source of income as my biggest challenge at the moment.